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Creating styles

A style is a collection of formatting attributes that you can apply to text or graphics. Using styles ensures consistent formatting throughout a document. Whenever you change the formatting in a style, you change the appearance of all text or graphics that use that style. Styles you create are added to the style list and saved with the active document.

To create a text style

1. Click Format > Styles.

2. Click Create.
 

3. In the Styles editor dialog box, type a name for the style in the Style name box.
Style names can contain up to 20 characters. Give each style a unique name; otherwise, when you combine documents that contain styles with the same name, one style is used and the other deleted in the new document.


4. Type a description for the style in the Description box.
 

5. Choose a style from the Type list box.
 

6. Using the Styles editor toolbar and menu bar, apply any style attributes.


To create a list style

1. Click Insert > Outline/Bullets & numbering.


2. Click one of the following tabs:

  • Numbers — lets you create styles for numbered lists
  • Bullets — lets you create styles for bulleted lists


3. Click Create.
 

4. In the Create format dialog box, type a name for the style in the List name box.


5. Type a description for the style in the Description box.
 

6. In the List type area, enable one of the following options:

  • Single level list — Lets you create a list with only one level
  • Multilevel list (outline) — Lets you create a list with multiple levels


7. Choose a style from the Based on list box.
If you want to add text before the list number, type the text in the Text before box.
 

8. Choose a number or bullet from the Number/Bullet list box, and a level from the Style list box.
 

9. Click the Create style button to display the Styles Editor.


To create a graphics style

1. Click Format > Graphics styles.


2. Enable one of the following options:

  • Box
  • Border
  • Fill
  • Line


3. Click Create.
 

4. Type a name for the style in the Style name box.


5. Change the attributes of the graphics style.

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